Tuesday, November 05, 2013
The other day I was sitting on my couch at home watching my children play. Which, by the way, is one of my favourite pastimes. I love to watch my kids as they discover new things, moving from toy to toy to the windows and back. (There is a large community of rabbits in our neighbourhood and every time that one of them visits our backyard our entire house stops and we all run to a window and watch until the rabbit gets spooked and scurries away under the fence.) On this particular day, my daughter was singing. This happens often. She, like many little
girls, loves to sing and dance. She was singing "This is the Day." After watching her for a bit, I asked her where she had learned to sing that song. She told me "in J-K." As a principal, I know that we teach our students about God and His world at our school. As a Dad, I am very happy that songs like "This is the Day" are being implanted on my daughter's heart. In Psalm 119: 11, the psalmist says "I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." I am glad that my daughter will be storing up the Word of God and the stories about Him and his
people in her heart.
I believe that this is one of the key purposes of Christian Education. Christian Education presents the truth about God's world. As Abraham Kuyper says, "there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, 'Mine!'". Creation does not stand on its own. It was created by God and is under His ownership. Education needs to be understood in that context. We need to teach our children that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7). Knowledge doesn't start with literacy or numeracy as many people believe; it starts with God. So when my daughter comes home singing "This is the Day" or tells me about a Bible story that she learned about at school, I am happy to see that the school is confirming in her heart what is being taught at church and in our home: God's "word is a lamp for (her) feet, a light on (her) path" (Psalm 119: 105).